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Furloughed federal workers can file for unemployment benefits, state says

CONCORD -- The New Hampshire Department of Employment security said Thursday that people who have been furloughed or temporarily laid off due to the federal government shutdown may file for unemployment benefits and should open their claim this week.

“The federal government shutdown is causing unnecessary hardship to New Hampshire families,” Governor Maggie Hassan said in a statement. “The federal employees who have been furloughed make critical contributions to our economy, and it is important we provide support to those workers as they struggle through the shutdown.”

NHES said individuals should apply as soon as possible.  Commissioner George Copadis said if an individual waits to file, they will not be able to request or receive benefits for previous weeks.

In addition, federal employees must apply for benefits in the state in which they work.

Federal employees with a most recent official duty station in New Hampshire may file online from home at or at any NH Works office (NH Employment Security).  

Federal employees with a most recent official duty station in Maine may file online at <>  or by phone at 1-800-593-7660.  

Federal employees with a most recent official duty station in Massachusetts may file online at or by phone at 1-617-626-6800.

Federal employees with a most recent official duty station in Vermont may file by phone at 1-877-214-3330.  

If an individual was employed directly with a federal agency, he or she will be sent a Claimant Affidavit of Wages to assist NHES in processing a claim. To expedite the claim, workers should bring their Claimant Affidavit of Wages, 2012 W2, recent pay stubs and any document that was provided upon furlough or layoff to the nearest NH Works office.

If retroactive payment for the weeks unemployment benefits were issued is later paid to the individual by the federal agency, the amount of the benefits must be repaid to NHES.   If the individual received any payout of unused vacation time, that must also be reported.

To find the nearest NH Works office, visit


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